The men's Black Sticks are out to prove they aren't at the Olympics to simply make up the numbers.

The squad are currently en route to Rio and earned a spot in the Olympics after South Africa withdrew.

The team finished third in a recent six nations tournament where they beat India and Argentina.

18-year-old rookie Hayden Phillips says they will settle for nothing less than a medal placing in Rio.

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Phillips says they've done a lot of work on penalty corner attack and defence as it was an in issue in Europe, but overall the team's in good shape.